Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Dr. Mark and Sharon Grigsby of Miami as this year’s Grand Marshals for the NEO homecoming parade. The Grigsbys will lead the parade at 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 along the parade route around NEO’s campus. The couple will be honored earlier in the day at the Alumni Luncheon at 12 p.m. in the Calcagno Family Ballroom. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. To purchase a ticket or for more information, please contact the NEO Development Foundation office at 918-540-6115.
Mark and Sharon Grigsby are NEO alumni and have been involved and served the college for more than 20 years. The couple met as NEO students serving on the Student Senate in 1969 and married in 1970. After Mark completed degrees at OSU and Iowa State and working at New Mexico State University for three years, the Grigsbys returned to Miami. In 1987, Mark began teaching at NEO as a biology instructor. Today, he retains his position as instructor and serves as chairman of the Math and Science Department. Prior to retiring this year, Sharon served as NEO assistant purchasing agent for 21 years.
The Grigsbys are strong supporters of NEO programs, frequently attending sporting events, concerts, plays and other student activities. Both Dr. Grigsby and Sharon have volunteered at the community wide high school basketball tournament since the beginning of their employment at NEO. Mark has volunteered 28 years and Sharon has volunteered 21 years. Additionally, The Grigsbys assist the students of NEO in any way possible. Parents of NEO students often find great comfort in the couple’s assurance of assistance and care for their students. The couple has two sons who attended NEO: Bryan who concurrently attended the college, and Joel, a 1999 graduate.
Bryan and his wife, Jenny, reside in Oklahoma City with their two sons, Sawyer and Augustus. Joel and his wife Jennie live in Overland Park, Kansas with their three sons: Hollis, Parker and Graham.
The annual homecoming parade is just one of many events planned as part of NEO’s homecoming festivities. The weeklong activities kick-off Monday, Sept. 21 and culminate with the Golden Norse football match up against Arkansas Baptist at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. This year’s homecoming theme is “Superheroes in Disguise.”